What exactly is this whole Feminist Book Club (FBC, for short) business about? Simply put, it's an online book club that will focus on reading books of a feminist nature. Duh, right? It started a few months back as just the twinkle of an idea -- and I knew exactly who I wanted to collaborate with: Jennifer from Grits and Moxie. So, combining our love of books and all things feminist, we began to sort out the details.
So let's get to it:
1. FBC is hosted by the Jennifers: Grimmricksen & Grits and Moxie.
2. We will read one book a month & will announce the chosen book on the first of each month (fingers crossed)
3. The final book selection will be made by us, but please feel free to make suggestions!
4. Our choices will cover a lot of ground: fiction/non-fiction, classic/modern, etc. We want to read a wide variety of work focusing on issues particularly important to women. Sexuality, body issues, motherhood... all of it is fair game. We want to expose folks to work that they might not have thought to read on their own or books that have been gathering dust at the bottom of a massive 'to read' list.
For our inaugural reading, we decided to go with a classic: "The Awaking" by Kate Chopin.
The Awakening was first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South. (source)